Monday, April 23, 2012

Cajun Chicken Pasta

This is one of those dishes that I wait to make until the kids go to bed. It takes some time to prepare so have a glass or two of wine and enjoy it!  If you can get the veggies and chicken prepped earlier, it will save you some time. This dish freezes well too. You can make this dish as mild or spicy as you like. This definitely has a bit of a kick so I would add a little seasoning, give it a taste and adjust. Sun dried tomatoes are available in the produce section. I soak them in oil about a hour before making this recipe. They do sell sun dried tomatoes in oil but they are much pricier then soaking then on your own.

1 1/2 red or green peppers, or a combination of the two
3-4 large chicken breasts, thinly sliced into 1 inch pieces
1 small red onion
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/2 of a 3.5 oz bag of sun dried tomatoes, julienned if possible
2/3 box of fettuccine
2 cups of heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup of white wine
Cajun seasoning
olive oil
Parmesan cheese, shredded
salt and pepper

Boil water for fettuccine and cook noodles for 11 min. Thinly slice the peppers and onion. Chop garlic-one clove for the veggies and the other for the chicken. Thinly slice the chicken breasts into 1 inch pieces. Place a pan on medium heat and add 1tbsp of oil and 1/2 tbsp of butter. Add veggies and one clove of garlic. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until veggies are tender. Add 1/4 tsp of Cajun seasoning to the veggies as they cook. Remove veggies from the pan with a  slotted spoon and place in a bowl. Return the pan to medium heat and add 1Tbsp of oil and 1/2 Tbsp of butter. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 tsp of Cajun seasoning and add to the pan. Add an additional 1/2 tsp of Cajun seasoning to the pan as it cooks. Cook chicken for 5-7 min or until cooked. Remove chicken from pan with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl. Get a whisk and return the pan to medium heat. Add the white wine and use the whisk to get all of the brown goodness off the bottom of the pan. Let the wine reduce for about 2-3 min. Add the heavy cream and continue to whisk the wine and cream together. Let the cream sauce reduce my half. Add 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese to the sauce. While the cream sauce is reducing, add 1/2 tsp of Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper to the sauce and give it a taste. Add additional Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper if necessary. Remove the sun dried tomatoes from the oil. Once the sauce reduces, add the tomatoes, veggies and chicken. Drain noodles and add them to the sauce. Sauce will thicken as it stands. Serve and enjoy! Top pasta with additional Parmesan cheese

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